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Why did FAW stop building on Avtotor? Where will adjust the release of Besturn X40 and what have the Haval?

The oldest Chinese company FAW introduces its second passenger model FAW Besturn X40 to the Russian market and plans to begin assembling it in Russia. And at what factory? ..

In early June, at the opening of the Great Wall enterprise in the Tula Region, one of our interlocutors, close to the Government of the region, said that models of other brands would be collected at Hawale Motor Manufacturing Rus. Of course, it was mentioned, Lifan, who was taken to this site by the former director general of the Russian representative office of Lifan, Sun Zejun. However, other brands were named, among them – FAW. We admit that for us it came as a surprise, because it is generally accepted that the FAW Besturn X80 build was established on Avtotor long ago.

Indeed, in the reports of the Association of European Businesses, which are compiled according to shipments to dealers, FAW Besturn X80 is listed as “locally collected”, and FAW has a certificate in its assets, that is, the type approval of the vehicle, valid from November 28, 2018 to December 27 2021 just for samples of the Kaliningrad assembly. True, OTTS from this year is already on a Chinese car. Information on the ceremonial launch of the assembly of the FAW Besturn X80 in Kaliningrad in May 2017 spread all over the media – the representatives of the Chinese company and Avtotor also solemnly cut the red ribbon.

Moreover, our source in the Russian representation of FAW a month ago claimed that the upcoming new product of the market – the subcompact FAW Besturn X40 crossover is also planned to be put on the Avtotor conveyor. Meanwhile, preparing this publication, we just in case decided to phone with representatives of both companies and clarify the state of affairs today: does Avtotor build FAW Besturn X80. At the FAW office, they didn’t answer us this question, and one of the interlocutors in Kaliningrad said that the administration “is ready to comment only on projects for serial assembly”. Wow! But what about the grand launch of the assembly of the FAW Besturn X80? It turned out that this was not the start of the assembly line, it was just the start of the “pilot project”. Such a wording changes the matter: the words that FAW can be registered in Khavail Motor Manufacturing Rus acquire a different weight.

The real background of this story is not easy to learn, especially since several conflicting facts are its background. On the one hand, mentally and politically, FAW is much easier to “lean against” a compatriot, even if representing private capital, and to build an assembly on Haval. On the other hand, Avtotor already has on hand a special investment contract approved (read – signed) by the Government of the Russian Federation, and Haval will most likely be left without it. This means that Haval will not be able to offer the FAW representative office the assembled cars at the same low price as Avtotor. On the third – on Avtotor, Chery is already in full swing, as we repeatedly wrote, moreover, according to our data, the Kaliningrad enterprise covered part of its obligations to the Russian government through Chery investments. In this sense, without agreeing with Avtotor, FAW can be a great loser, in general, we will wait for what happens next.

As for the novelties of the Russian market, the front-wheel drive FAW Besturn X40 is being supplied to Russia from China from the factory in Changchun. Under the hood, there is a 1.6-liter CA4GB16 engine rated at 108 hp, the wheelbase of the car is 2600 mm. In a couple to the engine is either a 5-step “handle” of its own production MF515 or a hydromechanical “automatic” from Aisin, which in FAW received an index of 6F16. The front suspension is independent, such as McPherson, the rear one is semi-dependent, the steering one is with electric booster. The FAW management managed to lay down the initial price in a million – for starting equipment they ask for 949 00 rubles. So far this is all you need to know about the FAW Besturn X40. As for the brand’s sales in Russia, from January to May 2019, FAW dealers were able to sell 382 Besturn X80 samples in Russia.

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